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Relangi in a scene from the Telugu film Aada Pettanam (1958)
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah

Died27 November 1975(1975-11-27) (aged 65)
OccupationActor and playback singer
AwardsPadma Shri (1970)

Relangi Venkata Ramaiah (13 August 1910 – 27 November 1975) was an Indian character actor, comedian and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1][2] He was honored with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 1970. Relangi is known particularly for his comic expressions, and dialogues during the golden age of Telugu cinema. Together with Ramana Reddy were a comedy double act during the era of early Tollywood. Notable Relangi performances include those from Gunasundari Katha, Missamma, Mayabazar, Nartanasala, Donga Ramudu, Iddaru Mitrulu, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu, Velugu Needalu, Vipra Narayana, Lava Kusha , Kula Gothralu and Preminchi Choodu.[3][4] The Relangi Art Academy Award was instituted in his honor for best comic performances.[5]

Early life

Relangi was born in the village of Ravulapalem in the East Godavari district in Madras State (now Andhra Pradesh). He was a professional Harikatha performer and also an expert Harmonium player.[4] He grew up in Kakinada; however, he didn't show interest in education due to his passion for acting.


Relangi started his initial career acting in stage and folk theater and also took female roles in stage theatre. He started his film career by playing a Vidushaka (Jester) role in his first Telugu film Sri Krishna Thulaabaaram in 1935 under the direction of C. Pullaiah. Later on, he assisted Pullaiah as a Production Manager until he got a major break with the film Gollabhama released in 1947. Subsequently, he played a comedic role in Vindhyarani, which was a big hit. He was a regular face in all the movies made under the Vijaya Films banner from 1950. He grew so popular that he was given a chance to play a comedic hero role in Pakkinti Ammayi in 1953 under Pullayya opposite Anjali Devi.[6]


As a comedic actor, he was quite popular when partnered with actress Girija, actress Suryakantham, and another comedian actor, Ramana Reddy. These combinations were repeated for several hit movies in Telugu. Some of the well-known movies in which Relangi acted are shown below.


Some of the well-known songs sung by Relangi are in the following movies:

Year Film Song
1949 Gunasundari Katha Adive Eduraivachche Daka Padara Munduku Padipodam
1951 Patala Bhairavi Talalene Ne Talalene
Vinave Bala Naa Prema Gola
1952 Dharma Devata Virise Vennelalo
1954 Vipra Narayana Aadadhi Ante Layam Layam Aa Needantene Bhayam Bhayam
1954 Pedda Manushulu SivaSiva moortivi gaNanaadhaa
1955 Missamma Dharmam Cheyyi Babu Kaani Dharmam
Seetaram Seetaram Seetaram Jai Seetaram
1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha




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  2. ^ M L Narasimham (14 January 2016). "Blast from the Past: Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960)". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Relangi Art Academy awards declared". The Hindu. 19 October 2008.
  6. ^ " - Titbits". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012.